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Monthly Archives: July 2010

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M.I.A.’s /\/\/\Y/\ (MAYA)

From “Lovealot,” where her phrasing makes her sound like she’s saying “I really love Allah,” over and over, to the melancholy “It Iz What It Iz,” where she halfheartedly quips “We can have discussions while we are playing Wii;”or even the final track, “Space,” where, over a sparse backing track, she sings “My lines are down/You can’t call me,” MAYA is as iconoclastic as it gets; a wakeup call to our digital world.

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The Sky Ain’t Falling: Black Youth, Gen-Yers, “Ain’t Leaving the Black Church”

Some of my closest friends are gay, but the pastor is telling me that “God made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.” AIDS is the leading cause of death for African-American women between the ages of 25 and 34, but the pastor tells me that using condoms is a sin because it’s a form […]

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Saggy pants are butt-ugly but legal: judge

Saggy pants are butt-ugly but legal: judge Dareh Gregorian, New York Post, July 29, 2010 You have the right to look ridiculous. A Bronx judge has thrown out a summons issued against a Bronx man for wearing saggy pants, finding that “the Constitution still leaves some opportunity for people to be foolish if they so […]

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Unlikely Duet: Condoleezza Rice and Aretha Franklin ‘Jam’ for Underprivileged Youth

Today Show | July 28, 2010 (Associated Press)  Condoleeza Rice and Aretha Franklin, two notable and powerful African-American women, joined forces last night for a great cause. In hopes of raising money for arts education for underprivileged youth, Franklin showcased her world-renowned vocals while Rice tickled the keys with the Philadelphia Orchestra. While their political […]

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Undergrads On the Brink of Homelessness

Undergrads On the Brink of Homelessness Julianne Hing, Colorlines, July 27, 2010 It’s a story of our times: college enrollment is the highest it’s been in the last 40 years, but the economic recession is the worst we’ve seen in as many decades. For college students, this means fighting to stay in school, even if […]

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Wanna Raise a Child? No Application Necessary.

We make people fill out applications for everything under the sun. School. Jobs. Apartments. Cars. Credit cards. Society places such high value on this imaginary money that we pass around that you can actually be denied credit cards or bank accounts if you have been proven to be irresponsible with it. If you are not […]

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Ms.Privilege

The more one walks around as a black male, the more one gets acclimatized to people’s negative assumptions about his life. I’m use to it. I’m use to the stereotypes, the pre-judgments, and the general ignorance. But yesterday, for the first time in my life I felt as though someone talked to me like I […]

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Are Millennials Losing Faith?

Are Millennials Losing Faith? Brandee Sanders, The Root, July 26, 2010 Sunday morning rolls around again, and I get the early wakeup call from my father. “Get up, Brandee. Get ready for church.” My first thought is to go right back to sleep, because I don’t want to go. It’s not a case of Sunday-morning […]

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Alvin (Greene) and the Chipmunks (Democrats)

In these tumultuous political times it seems like Democrats are searching for an antidote to cure their sagging poll numbers. If pollsters are remotely correct about their predictions for the 2010 midterm elections, the Donkey’s may be licking their wounds. Yes, it seems like Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and the rest of the Dems may […]

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D.C. school system fires 241 teachers

D.C. school system fires 241 teachers Sally Holland, CNN, July 23, 2010 Washington (CNN) — The District of Columbia public school system announced Friday that it is letting 226 employees go for poor performance under the education assessment system IMPACT. Rhee said on CNN’s “John King, USA” that she thought the cleanup was a long […]

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